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CBP Officers Seize More Than $300,000 in Cocaine at World Trade Bridge

Release Date: 
March 25, 2016

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of cocaine at World Trade Bridge.

“CBP has numerous layers of enforcement which are utilized on a daily basis,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.  “The officers’ experience, training and knowledge of CBP technology played a role in the discovery of this hard narcotic.”

Packages containing 41 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge

Packages containing 41 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge

The seizure occurred on Wednesday, Mar. 23, when a CBP officer referred a 1995 International tractor, driven by a 32-year-old male Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas for a non-intrusive inspection.  A canine and non-intrusive inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 15 packages allegedly containing 41 pounds of cocaine. The cocaine carries an estimated street value of $318,920.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and tractor. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017